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Riverside Medical PracticeBarker StreetShrewsburyShropshire, SY1 1QJTel: 01743 367891
Our Nurse Led Clinics are run by Sister Julie Hewitt, Sister Helen McAlinden and Sister Hayley Hopkins.
These clinics are for patients who need to be seen that day for Minor illness, things such as Flu symptoms, sore throats, urine infections, ear ache, rashes. coughs.
Julie, Helen and Hayley have had extensive additional training to enable them to examine and diagnose minor illnesses and they can offer advice and treatment if necessary.
These appointments can be booked on the day.
Our nurses can help you with reviews for conditions as follows:
If you have any of the above conditions you should be attending for annual review in the month of your birthday. Please telephone the surgery to arrange an appointment.
The nurses can also offer appointments for helping diagnose conditions such as asthma or COPD involving spirometry (lung function tests).
Child Health Clinics are held by the health visitors. More information is available from the surgery or from your health visitor.
These are held at the practice at times to suit patients. All of the doctors are qualified to look after you during pregnancy and childbirth. Most antenatal care will be provided by the doctors or midwives. As far as possible your antenatal care will be provided by the same doctor. You should make a double appointment with your doctor as soon as you think you may be pregnant.
Family planning services are available throughout normal surgery hours. Initial appointments should be made with one of the partners, but subsequent pill checks etc may be carried out by one of the practice nurses, by appointment. We are able to offer a full range of contraceptive services, including IUCDs and implants, to our own patients and others who are not registered with this practice. We are a young person-friendly practice and we are involved with CHAT, providing contraceptive services for younger people.
Post-coital contraception ("morning after pill") is available from our practice nursing team or can be obtained from community pharmacies.
(To detect early treatable breast cancer and cervical changes which if neglected may become cancerous)
The frequency of cervical smears varies from individual to individual and national screening policy is subject to change in the light of research. Currently it is Women between the ages of 25 and 64 (England) / 21 and 60 (Scotland) / 20 – 64 (Wales) / 20 – 65 (NI), are offered cervical screening at intervals defined nationally. Currently, the screening intervals are:
Appointments are available both within normal surgery hours and also at evening or weekend appointments at one of our 'hub' locations as part of our extended hours provision.
Nationally, 3 yearly mammograms are advised between the age of 50 and 65 (although we would advise continuing beyond 65. You can arrange this by special request). Your doctor will automatically send you an appointment for these programmes which are largely carried out by nurses. Please check your arrangements if in doubt.
A limited range of minor surgery is performed under local anaesthetic by some of the doctors and is carried out by arrangement with your own doctor.
Susan Morgan, GP Alcohol Counsellor from Aquarius provides information, support and advice on low risk drinking. Please ask at the surgery for a referral or contact Susan direct - telephone her on 0300 456 4299 (mobile 07800 604396).
Free support, help and advice is available via Healthy Shropshire - www.healthyshropshire.co.uk - or telephone 0345 678 9025.
Advice and support is available within the practice for anyone involved in caring for a relative at home.
Please be aware that due to the current pandemic the walk-in service for phlebotomy is no longer available.
If you require a blood test, please contact the central booking office on 01743 492510 who will arrange an appointment for you to attend Elizabeth House.
If you have any further questions please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital on 01743 261000 or alternatively email PALS@sath.nhs.uk
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
When appropriate, we issue electronically generated Fit Notes.
We have been notified by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) that, with effect from February 2016, they will be extracting data on fit note usage. This data will be made available to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) so that the Fit for Work service can be evaluated and for policies to be developed as necessary.
The data being collected will be fully anonymised and will include:
At no stage will patient identifiable information be extracted.
For further information go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fit-notes-plans-for-collecting-anonymous-data-in-england/patient-information-on-plans-for-collecting-anonymous-fit-note-data
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